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Riverhead Town Police reported 146 criminal incidents and made 64 arrests in January, and 135 criminal incidents and 89 arrests in February, according to reports released by Police Chief David Hegermiller.

Arrests made in January, according to the police chief’s report were:

Aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle (3)
Assault (1)
Criminal contempt (4)
Criminal sex act (1)
Criminal impersonation (1)
Criminal possession of stolen property (4)
Criminal obstruction of breathing (1)
Driving while intoxicated (11)
Fugitive from justice (1)
Harassment (2)
Petit larceny (3)
Sexual misconduct (1)
Town code violation (10)
Trespass (2)
Warrant (17)

Arrests made in February, according to the police chief’s report were:
Assault (2)
Burglary (2)
Criminal possession of a controlled substance (2)
Criminal possession of stolen property (2)
Criminal contempt (4)
Criminal obstruction of breathing (1)
Criminal mischief (1)
Driving while ability impaired by drugs (1)
Driving while intoxicated (8)
Endangering welfare of a child (1)
False personation (1)
Grand larceny (3)
Harassment (1)
Menacing (1)
Obstructing government administration (2)
Petit larceny (2)
Robbery (1)
Town code violation (31)
Unlicensed operation of a vehicle (2)
Warrant (18)

For reference, 192 criminal incidents and 42 arrests were reported in December. Criminal incidents in January of this year were slightly down from 148 in 2021 and up from 118 in 2020. Criminal incidents in February were slightly down from 137 in 2021 and 146 in 2020.

Criminal incidents for the first two months of 2022 included criminal mischief (30), grand larceny (36), harassment (52), petit larceny (80), robbery (3), burglary (9), stolen vehicle (7), graffiti (8), identity theft (11), assault (3) and aggravated harassment (5).

Forty three people were arraigned for their crimes in January and 43 in February. Three of the people arrested in January, and three of the people arrested in February, were juveniles. The town issued a total of 726 summonses (175 parking tickets) in January and 860 summonses (180 parking tickets) in February.

There were 2,588 non-criminal incidents in January and 2,262 in February. Among them was one fatal and eight non-fatal overdoses in January, and one fatal and seven non-fatal overdoses in February.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: